It was another horrible weekend for college football teams in the state. Nine of them played and the only win was Maryland's late, come-from-behind 23-22 victory over Wake Forest -- a team that has now lost 15 straight Atlantic Coast Conference games.
Even in victory, Maryland's second against four losses, coach Joe Krivak was less than jovial. Said Krivak after the squeaker: "This is too hard on the ticker."
* When Navy was 0-5, coach George Chaump said it was the worst start of his career. He's 0-6 now, after the 21-14 loss to Temple in Philadelphia Saturday, and probably looking at 0-7 with a good Delaware team (6-1) coming to Annapolis this week for Homecoming.
With Notre Dame coming up Nov. 2, Navy's best chance for a win might come Nov. 9 at Tulane, which is 0-8, or against Wake Forest, 1-5, in Annapolis on Nov. 23.
Things are so bad at Navy that its radio announcers, Ted Patterson and Jack Cloud, had to reach to find something good to report during the postgame report. Said Patterson: "At least Navy will be leaving Philadelphia with one win. The lightweights [158-pound limit] beat Penn, 15-14, Friday night."
* Division III schools often wonder if their top players could make it in the big time. At Johns Hopkins, running backs coach Jack Kendall doesn't wonder about his Paul Ferrari. He feels sure Ferrari could do it.
Says Kendall, who played at Illinois and was an assistant coach at Anne Arundel Community College six years before coming to Hopkins last year: "Paul's as fast and hits harder than the backs at Navy. If he were at Navy he'd be starting against an opponent like Notre Dame."
The question is, how big time is Navy?
* Weekend attendance for road games played by the state's two Division I-A schools might make you wonder about both. Maryland drew 17,342 at Wake. Navy drew 108 more than that at Veterans Stadium.
* Ex-Baltimorean Judy Devlin Hashman, the greatest woman badminton player in history, visited her old home town over the weekend. Judy, who 30 years ago married and moved to England, was received warmly at a party attended by former nationally ranked shuttlecock chasers MacGregor Stewart, Bart Harvey, Grace Hobbs, Virginia Ball Bradley, Bunky Roche and Ed Tillery.
Seeing them all together again was a vivid reminder that Baltimore, led by perennial world doubles champions Judy and her sister, Sue (now living in Dublin), was one of the world's foremost badminton centers in the 1940s and '50s. Though Judy shattered her ankle six years ago, she still coaches badminton and squash in England. Yesterday, she visited the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame at Martin's West and saw the plaque commemorating her election to that body in 1974. The Hall of Fame is due to move next year to a site at the new ballpark, either in the Camden Yards warehouse or the restored Camden Station.
* If someone tries to sell you the football medals from Notre Dame and a sterling Colt tea service belonging to ex-Colt Jim Mutscheller, call the police. They were stolen Saturday in a burglary of the Mutscheller home in Guilford. His 1958 or 1959 NFL championship rings were not taken.
* Meanwhile, Mutscheller's great friend and ex-Colt teammate, Hall of Famer Artie Donovan, remains in a private room at St. Joseph's Hospital for tests to determine what made him pass out last week. A visitor, former Maryland athlete Don Hillary, said Artie was down in the dumps. Explained Hillary: "They told him he could never drink beer again for the rest of his life."
*Joe Angel, who'll return to the Oriole radio booth next year, is well thought of by Baltimore baseball fans. A lot of those, however, are disappointed that Ernie Harwell will not be coming back here.
With Jon Miller off the radio half the time because of TV commitments, the O's needed an announcer who can do 162 games. Angel can. Harwell, at 73, didn't want to. Ernie would have been interested in a reduced schedule here like Chuck Thompson's.
* It was always said that adequate parking is essential to drawing well, but Bruce H. Hoffman, executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, points out how that has changed.
"Toronto drew 4 million for baseball this season -- and SkyDome has no parking," Hoffman says. "What they did was use mass transportation effectively."
Which is why the light-rail system here will be whisking people to the new park next year.